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Kodu Now Available for PC

You may remember seeing the Microsoft Research project Kodu for Xbox last year. The game allows programming novices to develop robust games on the Xbox and control interactions between the characters. Now the PC version is available in beta form which is great news as most schools don't have Xbox 360's.

With Kodu, the idea is to give kids a way to accomplish something they didn't think they would be able to do while strengthening their design, math, and problem-solving skills. It was created as Matthew MacLaurin, director of Future Social Experiences Lab, watched his then three year old daughter interact with a computer. Realizing there was a disconnect between the passive experience she was having and the coding that went into applications, MacLaurin began the project. Kodu is now used in more than 60 educational institutions around the world including a pilot program across 26 schools in Victoria, Australia. You can download Kodu for PC and get started here.

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  • Awesome news!

  • anybody for popfly ?

  • I was looking for this Christmas time so I could make some games for my nephews. Thanks!

  • nice info dude

  • It looks cool and I see where they're coming from but am I the only one a little disheartened by the kids comments?  This isn't really a good representation of what programming is and I'm not sure it's fair to lead them down this nice path where they don't think they need to deal with "text and stuff".

     

  • I think this is a fantastic idea! I was completely uninterested in programming when I first started using a WYSIWYG web editor.  I was just making neat looking stuff I could show other people over good old Prodigy dialup interenet on my angelfire website.  It didn't take terribly long to realize there were things that could be done that I couldn't do in my WYSIWYG editor and I started looking up tutorials on neat stuff to do.  At about the same time I was playing this game called RPG Maker or something similar.  No coding but there was a lot of figuring out logic and such, much of what I learned there I still use today.  Here I am 10 years later and working on with a health information system company as developer.  I had seen programming before all that, but never been interested.  I think it's important to give people as many methods as practically possible so that they can find an interest. -Max

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